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The Next Shaq? Indian Country’s 7-foot High Schooler Wants Shot at the NBA

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Nathaniel Brown Bull might be the next Shaq. The Little Wound School’s senior center is 7’1”, 220-pounds and wants to play in the NBA.

Brown Bull, who, according to The Rapid City Journal, already has a scholarship offer to play basketball at a Division I school, talked about his future in basketball. “The ultimate goal for me is the NBA,” Brown Bull told The Journal. “I just love the game so much. I just want to keep playing as long as I can.”

“If I wasn’t this big, I don’t think they would have looked at me in the first place,” Brown Bull told the paper about his offer from Manhattan College, and the interest from New Mexico State and Montana State University. Since he averages 17 points, 12 rebounds and eight blocked shots a game, they clearly like more than just his size.

Brown Bull knows he has a lot of work to do to be at the top of his game; specifically, strength training, his jump shot and ball-handling skills. He recently played with the Colorado Hawks -- an organization that provides a year-round, culturally diverse, educational and basketball program for boys and girl -- an or and got a lesson in what it is like to compete with a player who’s a few inches taller than him.

“I actually played against a guy 7-foot-6 from Florida in a camp in Redding, Pa.,” Brown Bull told The Journal. “It was tough. I kind of felt like everybody else back home. I’m like, ‘So this is what it feels like?’”

The Little Wound School Mustangs, 18-3 for the season, are prepping for one of their last games. They play St. Francis in the Region 7A championships on March 17. If they win that game, they will play in the Class-A State Basketball Tournament.

“That’s the No. 1 goal for us; that’s all we talk about,” Brown Bull said of getting to the state tournament, and then winning it, The Journal reported. “Since we have been little, we’ve talked about that. Not since the 2007 team with Brice Hornbeck has a Little Wound team gone to state. That has been our dream.”